It’s never too early to create that all-important To-Do List: Just ask Warner Brothers, who today announced a slate of film projects for 2023, as detailed by those prognosticators of all things entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter.
With 2020 still a lingering Twilight Zone-like nightmare, Warner’s has opted to give fans of cinema something to actually look forward to, sans COVID, an intriguing hint of projects that are in the near-offing. One of those projects is a George Miller written and directed prequel to his Mad Max: Fury Road. Entitled Furiosa, this spinoff will feature actor Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Glass) who will be stepping into the oversized shoes of Charlize Theron in a bit of crafty recasting. Also announced for the prequel are actors Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Extraction) and Yahya Abdul-Manteen II (Watchmen, The Trial of the Chicago 7). Miller and Doug Mitchell have also been announced to produce the film.
Also announced for their 2023 dance card is a musical adaptation of the film The Color Purple. Director Blitz Bazawule (Black is King) will do the helming honors for the feature while Oprah Winfrey – who acted in the original Steven Spielberg classic – will serve as a producer for her production house Harpo Films. Keeping those nods to the original classic going is Spielberg’s own involvement as a producer for Amblin Entertainment. Quincy Jones and Scott Sanders each nabbed a producing credit, too.
Not enough for you? How about a live-action animation mashup called Coyote vs. Acme? This intriguing hybrid of a film will be directed by Dave Green from a screenplay by James Gunn, Samy Burch, Jeremy Slater, and Jon Silberman. The film is based off of the nigh mythical original Looney Tunes animated character of the ever-foiled Coyote. It also has roots in a New Yorker magazine article called Coyote v. Acme. No word on whether the Roadrunner will make a cameo. This film is anticipated to drop in theaters on July 21, 2023.
The announcement of these 2023 tent-pole films was made by Warner Brothers picture group chairman (and all-around swell guy) Toby Emmerich. All of the above films are scheduled for worldwide theatrical release.